Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Personal Injuries Assessment Board, PIAB, is accepting applications from prison officers who have been injured as a result of a criminal assault at work due to a major backlog in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal; and his views on whether the PIAB is the appropriate venue to deal with compensation claims in cases of criminal assault. [20519/19]
214. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the State is accepting liability for assaults in view of a matter (details supplied). [20520/19]
215. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the scheme of compensation for personal injuries criminally inflicted, the general scheme and the scheme of compensation for personal injuries criminally inflicted on prison officers under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal are being run together rather than separately, resulting in delays to the prison officers' scheme because of delays in the general scheme; and the steps he will take to address this. [20521/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 213 to 215, inclusive, together.
The Scheme of Compensation for Personal Injuries Criminally Inflicted and the General Scheme of Compensation for Personal Injuries Inflicted on Prisons Officers operate in tandem. Applications, under both Schemes, are processed in chronological order by date received, and progressed as necessary documentation becomes available in respect of the case in question.
Separate financial allocations are in place for both Schemes to support both operating alongside each other. Compensation awarded by the Tribunal to Prison Officers is paid from the Prisons Vote (Vote 21).
I am advised that, in a minority of cases, a Prison Officer will apply to both the Tribunal and PIAB. Where the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal is aware that an applicant is contemplating or has commenced civil proceedings in relation to an incident which is the basis for their application to the Tribunal it is, and has been since its establishment, Tribunal policy to await the outcome of such proceedings before recommencing the processing of the application concerned.